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USS Requin, Pittsburgh

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USS Requin (SS/SSR/AGSS/IXSS-481) , a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin, French for shark. Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • Fascinating. Free with entry to the museum, or at least for reciprocal museum members. Cool submarine. Not for those who may not like tight spaces. 
    Fascinating. Free with entry to the museum, or at least for reciprocal museum members. Cool submarine. Not for those who may not like tight spaces.  more »
  • I for some reason thought this was a stand alone piece but you have to book a tour through the museum and it was almost fully booked (we were there midday on a Friday) and we were to have to wait 2... 
    I for some reason thought this was a stand alone piece but you have to book a tour through the museum and it was almost fully booked (we were there midday on a Friday) and we were to have to wait 2...  more »
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  • Really interesting ship, but I would have loved to hear more about the history and little details inside. Beware if you are claustrophobic or really tall because the space is very compact.
  • This is a great sub in very good shape, not like USS Clagamore in Mount Pleasant, SC. Interestingly enough, both were built around the same time and did not get to participate in WWII. What makes USS Requin special is that it supposedly did over 5000 dives. It was in active service from June 1945 to 1968, about 23 years so this would mean, it was under water 60% of the 8,300 days it was active....it sounds a bit odd as most diesel subs only dove when threatened or when under attack and travel speed while submerged was less than half of that while on the surface. It was converted to a snorkel configuration in 1959 so it would have spent most of its life without the snorkel configuration. A beautiful sub, a time capsule launching you back to the fifties. A sailor died of asphyxiation in the sub while using a solvent to remove grease.

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